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Around the Industry - October 2013

September 24, 2013
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Carwashes pay homage to Breaking Bad

Carwashes from Washington D.C. to San Diego changed their names on Friday to commemorate the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Participating carwashes will rebrand for one day only as “Walter White’s A1A Car Wash” – after the front business the show’s protagonist opened.

According to the story fans will receive a free basic carwash and a limited Breaking Bad air freshener.

Quarters stolen using carwash vacuum

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Two thieves used a carwash’s own vacuum to suck quarters out of the stand-alone unit.

According to the KFDI FM 101.3 story two men were arrested after failing to make a clean getaway. Police had noticed the men were acting suspiciously at the vacuum station.

Renny Doyle to detail original Air Force One

BIG BEAR LAKE, CA — Master Detailer Renny Doyle of Detailing Success has assembled a team of 33 high-end detailers from around the country to detail and restore the shine on the original Air Force One.

The plane is on display in the Seattle Museum of Flight.

“This is my legacy as a detailer and I am proud to share the experience with thirty of the best-trained detailers in the country,” Doyle said in a press release. “I have carefully selected my team because there is no room for mistakes in detailing this prestigious $100 million plane. There are a lot of moving parts that go into it. The height alone is staggering and requires a cherry picker to reach the top of the vertical stabilizer. The wings are slippery to walk on so it’s dangerous; and the finesse involved in polishing the fuselage and wings sometimes requires awkward angles that are very tiring to the arms and upper body.”

Doyle and his team will also detail other aircraft at the museum including the B-47 Stratojet bomber on display at the south entrance of the museum.

Brown Bear celebrates 56 years

SEATTLE, WA — To celebrate their 56-year anniversary Brown Bear Car Wash gave away free carwashes on Aug. 22.

The promotion was held at all of the company’s 21 carwashes and included their “Bear Essentials” wash package.

“We blend hard work, pride and a lot of fun into an event that benefits our customers and the environment. It’s a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us over the years,” said Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat in a press release.

For the past few years Brown Bear has offered the Bear Essentials package to customers for free twice a year.

Brown Bear owns 40 carwashes throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound region. 

Pak-a-Sak voted 'best of'

PAMPA, TX —The Pak-a-Sak convenience store and carwash has been voted ‘best of’ by the readers of The Pampa News.

Store Manager Mark Conley credits his staff for creating an inviting atmosphere for customers.

“We’ve learned to look at when we are busiest and make sure that we are staffed accordingly,” Conley said. “Over the years we have learned to take a step back and see where there is room for improvement to better accommodate our customers.”

The store has only been open for three years and Conley says they have plenty of time still to grow.

Kwik Car Wash raises over $7K for charity

PARKER, CO — The Kwik Car Wash chain, with locations in Parker and Littleton, CO, was able to donate $7,120 to various charities as part of its Wash for a Cause program, a press release reported.

The Aug. 22 press release stated that eight different fundraisers were held.

“Another year of charity washes has come and gone and we are amazed!” Kwik Car Wash owner Aaron Green stated in the press release. “With your support, we helped send a team of youth to Panama to touch the lives of children, we helped troubled youth find a future, we helped fund research to end Leukemia and Lymphoma, we helped our veterans get back out in nature and find a sense of peace and belonging, we helped abandoned pets find a home, we helped kids with cancer meet dogs with cancer and develop a therapeutic pen pal relationship, and we helped youth with disabilities build toy cars to send to children in third world countries. Thank you to all who came and helped change the world!”

Kwik Car Wash donated 50 percent of their wash sales on the fundraiser days and volunteers were also on hand to vacuum and towel dry vehicles for additional donations.

The chain also offers up coupon books to non-profits to help them raise money.

Suspect arrested for passing fake cash

FAIRFIELD, CT — A suspect was arrested for allegedly passing counterfeit bills at a carwash.

According to the Fairfield Citizen, Kevin Jones passed two fake $50 bills at a carwash on two separate occasions.

After carwash management determined the bills were counterfeit, they were easily able to track down Jones. The carwash has a policy of writing down the date and license plate number of the vehicle on all $50 and $100 bills.

Detectives determined that bills bearing the same serial numbers were passed at eight different locations.